Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM
“… supremely gifted…” – Mandolin Magazine
Danilo Brito is important to the world of music both for his extraordinary musicianship, and for the unique musical and cultural tradition he promulgates through his work—the choro music of Brazil. His is the quintessential story of a child prodigy. At the age of 3, he took his father’s mandolin from a chair and played separate strings clearly and at the age of 5, surprised everyone by playing the melody from the song Delicado, by Waldir Azevedo. At the age of 19, Brito entered the most prestigious awards competition for Brazilian music, the Prêmio Visa de Musica Popular Brasileira. 514 artists entered the competition, and Danilo won. The prize included a purse of $80,000 and an all-expenses paid new album.
Danilo went on to record several albums receiving raving reviews. “Can anyone imagine a mandolinist who is the perfect synthesis of Jacob do Bandolim’s sensitivity and technique and Luperce’s verve?” asked Brazilian journalist Luis Nassif. “Behold Danilo Brito, barely out of diapers and already one of the best mandolin players in history.”
Among the many presenters that have invited Danilo to perform is the Mandolin Symposium in California led by Mike Marshall and David Grisman. The depth of Danilo’s first visit in 2007 has led to four returns including 2014. David Grisman puts his admiration simply, “The guy is a master.”
For his duo performance, Danilo has selected the traditional choro accompaniment instrument, the 7-string guitar. The seventh, lowest string allows the playing of bass lines in choro counterpoint. Danilo chose Carlos Moura both for his skill and his commitment to rehearse weekly, making possible the high leve1 of performance that Danilo expects of himself.
As the press accounts, award recognition, and the appreciation of presenters and musicians make clear, Danilo Brito is an extraordinary musician and, in particular, an extraordinary choro musician. That he has accomplished so much and is yet to reach the age of 30 only amplifies the nature of his talent and achievement. At the heart of it is the emotive power of his music, as esteemed Brazilian journalist Boris Casoy explains, “Danilo Brito uses the mandolin strings as an extension of his soul. This can be seen by how naturally he plays with complete command of the instrument, always showing a unique intimacy with the music. His major accomplishment is to touch the souls of his audience and to make them ‘listen’ to the music. Any description or compliment about his virtuosity would be just too pale. That’s why I persistently invite everybody to dive into his art. He makes the strings play sounds from the heart.”